Travel Tips for Gay Travelers
Who doesn’t love a nice vacation? However, the unfortunate reality is that travel for the gay community is still somewhat complicated, especially when traveling to certain more conservative locations. This article looks to shed some light on how you, as a homosexual person, can make the most of your trip and still have a blast.
#1. Book a Gay-Friendly Tour
Did you know that there are many travel agencies that sell group tours specifically targeted for the LGBTQ+ community? Take for instance Casa Boana SA de CV/ Denis Henry, who understand that how to cater to the vast array of individuals that make up the Rainbow nation. As a result, you can be sure that they know how to guarantee your safety while you have an excellent time.
Now, if you haven’t experienced these types of tours before, you can be forgiven for being cynical and thinking that this is nothing more than a marketing ploy, but trust us when we say that you’ll find these types of tours more comfortable. For example, the guides are often gay themselves and know all the best spots that cater to your needs and tastes. Also, booking with LGBT travel specialists will ensure you don’t have to deal with certain awkward situations in more conservative establishments.
#2. Consider the Anti-Gay Laws Carefully
Unfortunately, there are still certain popular tourist destinations around the world that have archaic anti-gay laws, such as Dubai, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. For your own safety, I recommend you to be extremely cautious when traveling to these locations.
#3. Connect With the Local LGBT Scene
If you’re booking your trip on your own, it might be a good idea to research the local scene and try to connect with a few members of the local homosexual community. Not only is this an excellent way to make some new friends, but you’ll also gain an insight to local customs, where the best places to visit are, and even when the best time to visit will be. Also, you’ll have some company when you hit the local watering spots, and won’t get charged tourist prices, hopefully.
#4. Travel During Pride Festivals
It might be great to plan your trip during gay pride festivals. For those who don’t know, a gay pride parade refers to an outdoor event that celebrates the social and self-acceptance, achievements and legal rights of gays. They usually consist of LGBT film festivals, pride marches and music concerts.
#5. Traveling With Sex Toys
Let’s face it, there’s something about being abroad that makes us feel particularly frisky. Whether you traveling with your partner or solo, chances are you’re going to want to get down and dirty at some point during your trip. Which is all well and good, but you might want to make sure your dildos, vibrators, lubes and other gear is actually allowed into the country prior to packing them.
This may come as a surprise to you, but in certain countries, traveling with sex paraphernalia can be used as proof of sex work. And if you couple that with less tolerant attitudes that some countries have towards the LGBTQ+ community, you can see how not doing your research can come back to bite you in the behind.
#6. Take Out Good Travel Insurance
This is actually a general tip, but it bears repeating. Travel insurance is essential nowadays, since most airlines do not provide adequate compensation for delayed flights, lost luggage and other inconveniences. And that’s not counting other things that could go wrong, like falling ill while abroad or losing your belongings while traveling. Don’t cheap out by choosing budget insurance either – a lot of the times, these policies have very limited cover and high premiums, which make them practically worthless.
We hope the tips in this article will help you have an excellent trip. If you’re looking for further advice, be sure to contact Casa Boana SA de CV/ Denis Henry!